coffee, cocktails and crutches

The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018

I had bunion removal surgery at the time of the Day and Night Dress challenge last month hence my very late blog post.
This blog post was my take on this year’s Day and Night dress challenge lead the very talented and supportive by Elizabeth.

My day look of choice is Papercut Patterns Yoyo dress for coffee catchups. The
fabrics and notions provided by Minerva Crafts – my long time sponsor and sponsor of this challenge.
Night cocktail dress
My night cocktail dress was made with fabric from my stash using Ellie and Mac’s Women’s Bell Sleeve dress pattern. 
The fabric I chose has a huge print and is soft. I’ll show you shortly.

As you can see, I’m on crutches as I had surgery on my left toe a few weeks ago so under doctors orders I have at home with my feet elevated. Standing is painful. 

The skirt width on this dress is much wider that I would normally wear but under the circumstances, this style makes me feel less restricted. I can’t walk anyway so I can gracefully peer across the house on ‘The Lounge’.

About the pattern

I’ve never used Ellie and Mac patterns. They are one of the challenge sponsors so I got this pattern for free.

Ellie and Mac patterns offer a range of children’s patterns and a women’s range. Their patterns are ‘relaxed styling’ and while I’m normally an active person, relaxing styling is what I need during these weeks of recovery.
What I love about the pattern is its v-neckline and the instructions for sewing this v-neckline.

This is also easy to sew using an overlocker, which I did. 
The pattern is rated for a confident beginner and the seams are 1cm wide. 

Maybe it’s how I printed the pattern but there were very few marking on the pattern I printed out so I felt like I was ‘flying blind’. I rely on pattern markings when I sew any project together so I know I haven’t stretched the fabric too far.

If I wasn’t on pain medication my cocktail of choice would have been an Aperol spritz. Right now it’s soda water and lime but Aperol matches the colour of my fabric.

Day coffee dress
When I made up my Day dress for coffee, I had added pockets to an earlier version and adjusted the pattern to fit me to a tee.

This style is great for our weather.

I’ve also fully lined this dress with a smooth cotton fabric.

These are the two earlier version that use the facings but I felt a full lining would wear better, and it is a better solution for me.

For the purposes of this challenge I had to pair my day coffee dress with my coffee of choice – a Greek coffee.
Thanks again to Elizabeth for running this creative challenge.
Thanks to That Sewing Blab for featuring this challenge in episode 96 too.
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Day and night dress challenge

If you’ve been blogging and or sewing for a while you may already know Elizabeth of Elizabeth made this.

Elizabeth really does sew anything that’s not nailed down and her Christmas cooking feats at the moment are quite impressive. She’s constantly creating and keeping her family looked after.

Elizabeth has developed and is hosting the Day and Night Dress Challenge. It’s really simple – make two dresses – one for the day and one for night.

As she explains: I’ve been wanting to get back into performing with my violin, and it’s been a number of years since I had a black dress in my closet.  Though I need a black dress that’s polished and appropriate for orchestra performances, the truth is that I seldom wear black. The idea of challenging myself to make a black dress became much more appealing when I thought about making an everyday dress at the same time” Read more about Elizabeth’s idea here.

Are you interested in joining the day and night dress challenge? There are two parts to it and some lovely sponsors that are providing two prizes to the winners and there’s also a random vote for another prize.


The challenge is to make 2 dresses for yourself:
  1. A dress with a day look: This can be anything!  Shirtdresses, knit dresses, sweater dresses, wrap dresses, the sky is the limit.  Sew up a dress that suits your life and expresses your own sense of style.  I want to see color, pattern, and texture here.
  2. A dress with a night look:  Night look dresses should be black, and they can be as fancy or as simple as you choose.  Think about a dress that could go to the opera or a cocktail party or anywhere else where you need to look effortlessly chic and sharp.
Dresses are to be made during the time of the challenge (January 8th-28th 2017 for the community challenge).  This is a contest for women’s garments only.


  • The blog tour will take place from Sunday, January 8th- Saturday, January 14th 2017.
  • Entries for the community challenge will open on Sunday, January 8th and will close on Saturday, January 28th 12 am MST.  There will be a link up available for entrants to post their dresses.  Feel free to chronicle your makes on social media #dayandnightdresschallenge on Instagram and Twitter or join the Facebook group here, but only entries posted to the link up will be considered for the prizes.
  • Voting will begin on January 29th and close on Saturday, February 4th.
  • There will be 2 winners of the Day and Night Dress Challenge as determined by vote.  Winners will each receive a prize package which will be detailed in a future post.

What’s my involvement?
There are two parts to this challenge and I’m involved in the blog tour to help get you inspired to make your two dresses.

I’m working Victory Patterns Nicola dress because it’s Summer and I love wrap dresses. 

When Elizabeth approached me to join in, I was already planning on making a new Summer dress for my next Minerva Crafts make so my day dress was already planned using this bold and large John Kaldor floral print

Now to sort out the evening version in black by diving into my fabric stash. I may need to lengthen my evening version. You’ll see the results of my test dress on instagram.

In the meantime I’ll be checking out all the sewing bloggers taking part to inspire your creations because they’ve all go their own styles.

Think about this challenge and if it inspires you, join in.